U.S. Shifts Toward Caution on Reform in Egypt

(Reuters) Jonathan Wright - The U.S. approach to political change in Egypt has shifted in favor of those who advocate caution to keep Islamists out of power until they modify their policies, diplomats and analysts say. Another school of thought, pressing for rapid change regardless of the consequences, appeared to be ascendant earlier this year but has since lost ground. Analyst Mohamed el-Sayed Said said the Bush administration quickly started to reconsider this policy of what he called "constructive instability" on the advice of people in the Middle East, including the Israelis and their supporters in Washington. "Instead of asking for substantial change, they were convinced to be content with limited reform," said Said, deputy director of Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies.

2005-06-09 00:00:00

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